Mike Sales wrote:
Cunobelin wrote:The fact is that most join for qualifications and a career, wanting to kill people is not on anyone's list of desirable conditions of employment
It should also be noted that many of the Army (especially infantry) are. from deprived areas where there is massive unemployment, few opportunitoies for advancement, education or a reasonable wage. The Armed forces offer a way out.
Unfortunately having to possibly take a part in killing is a part of the bargain when one takes the Queen's shilling. As Mick found out.
Watkins tried to avoid this part of the contract, but this would not wash with the colonel. One cannot expect to remain a pacifist when one joins the armed forces.
Why not, pacifists have served in the armed services and served with distinction
In WW1. the most highly decorated soldier was William Coltman
He was a pacifist who never broke his personal ethics, never fired a bullet, yet was awarded
Distinguished Conduct Medal ( DCM ) & Bar
Military Medal ( MM ) & Bar
1914 - 15 Star
British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
Victory Medal ( 1914-19 ) + MiD Oakleaf
Defence Medal ( 1939-45 )
King George VI Coronation Medal ( 1937 )
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal ( 1953 )
Special Constabulary Long Service Medal
Croix de Guerre ( France )